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Anand Giridharadas-Author, "India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nations Remaking"

Updated on April 11, 2013

"...Increasingly, the perspectives of other places will come banging on America doors."

After seeing life in India as static and lacking in opportunity, Giridharadas' father came to the U.S. to be a management consultant and entrepreneur. Decades later, his Cleveland, Ohio born son moved to India, first to work as a management consultant and later to document the rapid changes occuring in business and the culture for the New York Times. Giridharadas return to America last year and continues to work for the newspaper, writing the Currents column covering politics, technology and social forces at work from a global perspective.

Anand's world travels, education, and work experience

Giridharadas unique perspective is global

Anand Giridhardas has lived in Paris and Washington, DC where his family lives. He studied the history of political thought at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at St. Edmunds Hall, Oxford University. He speaks basic French and Hindi.

In 2003, Giridharadas moved to Mumbai to work as a consultant for McKinsey & Company. He worked on projects advising the city government on urban development, a pharmaceutical firm on organizational redesign, and Indian and Chinese companies on their internationalization strategies.

He completed the transscript for his first book, 'India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nations Remaking" while living in the village of Verala in the interiors of Goa and is it set for publication in early 2011.

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How did living in India influence your Currents column in the New York Times?

"...One of the things I've tried to do is to write, subtly at times and at times explicitly, as someone who returned from a part of the world that will have more and more claim on the future. It's very tempting to sit in America and write about America as if it were the world. But it's not. There are other psychologies out there, other moralities, and other ways of thinking about family and religion and the purpose of life. Other perspectives will come to U.S." -Elizabeth Kramer(interviewer)

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Interesting article on Anand Giridharadas. Enjoyed the read~

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      India is indeed a country with great potential.

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      Ronald Tucker 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @Deadicated LM: Deadicated, I appreciate you taking the time to like and comment. Anand is a columnist for the New York Times and after reading your lens on the Bronx I would think he could relate to your implication of the importance of change!

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Honored to be your 20th Squid Like on this Lens ;-)

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      I, like Bhavesh, had not heard of this writer until now. For that I thank you and will look more deeply into how this mans perspectives shed new light on others. It is true that to see things from other angles you must witness the opposite to your normality. Having lived in Asia for most of my youth as an ex-pat, I understand this only too well . . I am now happily intrigued by this man. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @dahlia369: daria369, I agree with your statement one hundred percent and the world we live in is becoming more condensed each day. Living in a global community requires that we have a perspective that sees that what happens in one country can have a profound effect in our own country.

      Thanks for visiting and the squid blessing. Have a great week!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Different points of view and backgrounds add the most to the efforts of improving the world we live in.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @bhavesh lm: bhavesh, Anand has written an very insightful book chronicling the dilemmas facing India today. Living in Kerala while writing the manuscript for "India Calling" gave Mr. Giridharadas first hand knowledge and insight into social, economic, and political influences that will affect India in a global community.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting...appreciate it!

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      bhavesh lm 5 years ago

      Never heard of Mr. Giridharadas but now I am intrigued to find out more about him. I think you are right to note that we will see more such stories as the world becomes more and more global.

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      NoYouAreNot 5 years ago

      I see the book has good reviews on Amazon - and Mr Giridharadas has indeed a flair for writing. Would like to read more of it.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @anonymous: SereneSea, thanks for liking and commenting. The transcript for India Calling was written while Anand lived in the village of Verala in the interiors of Goa, so he has a first hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities India faces.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Quite a successful story of Anand Giridharadas, hope he has thrown light on the complexities in a true manner.

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @anonymous: Karmicchristian, thanks for the visit and comment. Anand Giridhardas's global perspective adds insight into India's dilemmas as a nation and its place in our rapidly changing global economy.

      Being poise to take advantage of the many cultural, economic and geopolitical resources that India has to offer. Have a great week.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for the nice introduction about the work of Anand Giridhardas.

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Excellent analogy, aesta1 and thanks for the additional input...Anand book will go into details about influences, both social and economic that will have a impact on the social fabric of America.

      Living in a global community can have an adverse effect on many countries. The recession of 2008 is a good example of the domino effect...when America sneezes, other countries catch a terrible cold!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      How true and I think the US has been quite good at this as it brought in the best and the brightest from many countries to study at its universities. Free thought has also been given space unlike in many cultures when you can hardly express your own ideas. Still, all of us need to learn the various perspectives different cultures have to offer.

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping SereneSea...I'm looking forward to reading his new book as soon as it hits the book stores.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A very informative lens on Anand Giridhardas